Bakkerud ranks among the world’s best rallycross drivers. In 2011 and 2012, he won the European Championship in the Super1600 class and was subsequently promoted to the Supercars category in the new World RX. Since then, he has contested all 61 rounds in World RX history, made it into the final of the fastest six contenders on 41 occasions and celebrated 24 times on podium, finishing six times at the very top. In 2016, he placed third in the drivers’ championship.
The Norwegian is one of the fastest rallycross drivers – plus, one of the most popular ones. His fans flock to his home races in Norway: with fan articles featuring Bakkerud’s unmistakable baby-blue signature color and his car number, “13,” stylized to look like a “B.” The two-time European Rallycross Champion thrills his fans off the track as well. The video productions on his YouTube channel regularly attract thousands of users and provide insights into his life.
Bakkerud is popular not least due to his open and cheerful personality. In 2013, following a fair to middling beginning of his first season of racing four-wheel drive Supercars, Bakkerud announced: “If I finish one of the remaining races on podium I’ll hitchhike to the last round.” In Höljes and Lohéac, Bakkerud clinched victory and kept his word. One week before the season’s finale, he embarked on his journey to the Estering near Hamburg, 1,500 kilometers away from his hometown of Bergen.
It took Bakkerud five days to complete his trip. Fans followed him in social media channels at #HikeToRX. Norwegian television and numerous newspapers accompanied the race driver as well. “Once, but never again,” said Bakkerud. “It was an exciting but also a very strenuous trip. I now have even greater respect for people who hitchhike.”